We clearly have the means to create Paradise on Earth. We have the science, technology, and know-how. So, why don’t we? Caitlin Johnstone, one of our most successful independent journalists (who I have caught red-handed before writing really good stuff), recently wrote an article dealing with this question: The Only Thing Stopping Us From Creating Utopia Is The Fact That We Don’t Truly Want It Yet — Well worth reading.
- In order to create utopia, we’re going to have to want it first.
- Therefor, the fact we don’t do it proves that “we don’t truly want it yet.”
Jamarl Thomas, a tremendously astute video blogger in the realm of independent media, really liked this article, but somewhat disagreed with the “we don’t want it” bit. His valid point is: most of us simply don’t know (or believe) that we can create Paradise on Earth. I am leaning his way on that. For instance, who doesn’t want proper healthcare when they are sick? However, when Medicare for All is proposed, the establishment instantly casts doubt on its feasibility asking “how can it be paid for?” Then they spread the rumor that we will all have to pay a lot more in taxes while conveniently leaving out the fact that those of us who might actually have to pay a higher tax amount would at the same time save so much more on medical expenses and insurance premiums that we would be left with more money in our pockets, not less.
Clearly, as long as the establishment controls the corporate media narrative — and way too many of us citizens believe it — the result is that many of us who would like a better world (Caitlin’s “utopia”) don’t oppose its realization out of an addiction to drama but they simply don’t consider it a realistic possibility, or – worse – they may not even know that solutions for our problems exist. People can’t choose what they don’t know about.
Still, Caitlin Johnstone’s focus on people’s lust for drama does lead her to a very true next issue. She proposes that we are all so hooked on the drama of conflict and struggle that we are easily lured by the establishment to fight one another instead of uniting to create Paradise. Too many of us, so far, still fall for crap like:
“You’ve got to support Trump! Look how bad those liberals are!”
“You’ve got to support the Democrats! Look how bad the Republicans are!”
This is something I have been writing about a lot myself. Today I will let Caitlin’s words convey it:
“All of the major tribulations facing our species today are of our own making: war, poverty, famine, social and economic injustice, cruelty and exploitative toil. … We have, right now as you are reading this, the ability to come together and collaborate to eliminate all of humanity’s problems and create paradise on earth, but our addiction to drama is being used to manipulate us into an oppositional position in which we side with one arm of the establishment to shake our fists at the other arm while being given absolutely nothing in return. As long as we keep succumbing to this basic mind trick, we’re going to keep hurtling toward extinction, passengers on a plane that is piloted by sociopaths.”
To move forward, we really must stop falling for the establishment’s “good cop/bad cop” routine that allows the two political arms of the establishment (the killers of democracy known as the Republican and “Democratic” Party) to block us from having a voice in our communal and national affairs! We, the people, must break those arms! We must grow and merge our people’s parties and movements into one convergent people’s movement and grow at least one party big enough to replace at least one from the duopoly.
Caitlin rightly argues that we must work on our inner selves in order to unite and escape those staged partisan conflicts.
“I’m doing my best to rid myself of anything in me,” she writes, “that is addicted to drama and conflict, any conditioning I might have that would be bored or restless in a world where we’re not making problems for ourselves anymore.”
Here I would like to interject that even if our fellow human beings were so addicted to strife that they would find Heaven on Earth undesirably boring, there are two things that obviate Caitlin’s suspected motivation for sticking with Hell on Earth. First, people like tragedy and violence in games and movies, but really not so much in their own lives where we prefer security and comfort, liberty and justice. And secondly, the elephant in the room – which everybody (but me, apparently) has apparently always overlooked throughout my entire life (except for their final stages of life) – is the harsh reality of disease and decrepitude, and ultimately death, coming for all of us sooner or later — in my opinion, always too soon. If we finally got rid of our artificial tribulations, we could at long last pour our resources into fighting the many cruel attacks from aging and illness. So, even if we implemented true democracy, a sane and fair economy, and a utopia of leisure for all this very moment, we would still face dramatic struggle. Only, we would finally face our real enemies, instead of each other.
Caitlin Johnstone finished her article with these words:
“We won’t survive the hurdles we face in the near future unless we change our way of thinking in a very big way. Paradise will be right here for the taking as soon as we’re truly ready for it, and getting internally ready for it is one of the most important things that an individual can do to help bring it about.”
I couldn’t agree more. We really DO have to get internally ready for a good world and the things we will have to do to create it.
Here is the video in which Jamarl Thomas commented on Caitlin Johnstone’s article:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Caity Johnstone : Only Thing Stopping Us From Utopia is We Don’t Want it Yet.”)
The part where he slightly disagrees starts 7:09 minutes in.
It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry. ~ Buckminster Fuller
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